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October 2008

Craft makes a comeback: Monocle on “Made in Europe” and the rise of real provenance. Plus, all the finishing touches in our Accessories Directory.

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New woman

Unlike many other Russian dissidents, veteran broadcaster Irena Lesnevskaya has never considered emigration and, as editor-in-chief since 2007 of opposition weekly news magazine The New Times, has dared to speak out against…

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Culture briefing

**Film:** Beat the encroaching winter blues with our international film-festival round-up **Books:** China's internal migrants, displaced Metro announcers and a sideways glance at the art of presidential races **Art:**…

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Dream team

As the US presidential elections draw closer, at Monocle we’ve been turning our attention to who we’d like to see in the Cabinet. From CEOs to hip hop moguls, we’ve found a team who could change America’s image around the…

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Europe briefing

Four young countries hold autumn elections, Finland's celebrity priests cause consternation, and Italy's drivers have a death wish.

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Americas briefing

The Brazilian president's choice of transport, crimefighting in El Salvador and why brows are furrowed over a new three-wheeler in the US.

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Welcome home

From fashion through to toys, outsourced production lines are closing down and the spotlight is being placed firmly back on local industries and economies. As well as the individual benefits companies stand to gain from…

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Oceania briefing

Australia tackles tax evasion on Vanuatu, New Zealand uses music to fight antisocial behaviour and the tiny state of Timor-Leste gets its own airline.

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Architecture/design briefing

**Briefing:** A Danish bag designer goes back to school, a pair of Japanese brothers fall in love with Bolivia, and a Swedish and an American shoe company cosy up for a collaboration.

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Fashion briefing

A Danish bag designer goes back to school, a pair of Japanese brothers fall in love with Bolivia, and a Swedish and an American shoe company cosy up for a collaboration.

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Inventory no.17

New guide books from Le Cool, retro Portuguese soaps, elegant Japanese disposable plates, Swiss wooden toys, plus a special round-up of chewing gum brands from around the world.

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Capital idea

Founded 32 years ago, Nigerian capital Abuja was a utopian dream. But it became marred by corruption and few could afford to live there. Today, as the cranes return, its new minister is attempting to forge a truly African…

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